Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo thinks Frank Lampard is “definitely the right man” to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager.
Sarri has reportedly reached a £5m settlement with Chelsea to leave the club after just one season. Juventus are allegedly keen on naming the Italian as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor in Turin.
Therefore, Blues legend Lampard is the favourite to be in the Stamford Bridge dugout next season. Apparently, Chelsea plan to make an official approach for their record scorer once Sarri’s departure is completed.
Lampard enjoyed a solid first season as a manager at Derby County, where he led them to the Championship play-off final only to lose to Aston Villa at Wembley.
However, Chelsea icon John Hollins reckons the 40-year-old’s lack of experience means it’s a bad idea for him to coach the club.
But Di Matteo, who led Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012, reckons Lampard is well worth the gamble.
“He’s definitely the right man. He’s got personality. I followed Derby last year and his team plays very good football. He’s got all the experience in the world,” said Di Matteo, according to SportsStar.
“It’s a great fit. Whether it’s right now or not, only time can tell that. You can say it is too early but you have to give people a chance. Frank has got all the tools and I think he will make a lot of people happy if he was the next manager.”
Sarri’s exit has come as somewhat of a surprise to many given the fact he led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his debut campaign.
Although Di Matteo claims to be not surprised by the 60-year-old’s sudden departure.
“That’s what the industry is like,” said the former Italy international.
“People are always moving. I’m not entirely sure what the details are but it looks like he wants to go back to Italy and he has probably had a good offer from Juventus – one of the biggest clubs in Italy and Europe.
“But Chelsea will find a suitable manager to lead the team.”